Volunteers in need for beach cleanup

Volunteers in need for beach cleanup


AmeriCorps Member Leanna Reuss, in coordination with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) and the City of Long Beach, is recruiting volunteers in an ongoing effort to assist in cleaning Pacific County beaches of tsunami and other marine debris.

The tsunami that hit Japan began to deposit debris on the shores of North America in early 2012, but debris has been inundating the coastline for years. Reuss is encouraging people from all over to participate to clean beaches in Pacific County. From residents to visitors, everyone who is willing to help is welcome.

Reuss can be contacted at Long Beach City Hall, 115 Bolstad West, Long Beach, WA 98631. Garbage bags and maps of Pacific County beaches along with guidelines regarding different types of debris are available for volunteer use.

Reuss is serving at Long Beach City Hall through August 15, 2013, and is in city hall Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Even if you are unsure about volunteering, residents and visitors are welcome to drop by city hall and ask questions about the clean up or the tsunami.

For more information about volunteering or to schedule weekend dates in advance, contact Reuss at 360-642-4482 or email lreuss@co.pacific.wa.us. She is also available to speak to civic or non-profit organizations about tsunami debris and how to volunteer.

To learn more about tsunami marine debris visit http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/.